Pandemia – Students’ Biennale•4th Edition

Pandemia

The horizons of the domestic expand to accommodate the extended time spent within homes during the pandemic. The interior becomes a landscape, constantly re-shaped in response to the need for animation and movement within the essentially static.

Amandeep Khatri

University of Performing and Visual Arts, Rohtak

Sounds. 2020. 36” x 48”. Mix media.

Adarsh Kumar Rao

College of Art, New Delhi

Shadow of Memories. 2020. Oil on canvas. 30” x 40”
Broken Flower Pot. 2020. Oil on canvas. 8” x 11”

Aishwarya Das

Shiv Nadar University

Window to Corner. 2020. Charcoal on paper

Anikesa Dhing

Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara

Your Storage is Full. 2020. Zine

Anima Goyal

Chandigarh University

WHERE IS THE HOME. 2020. Embroidery and monotype prints, on fabric and thin washi. 22 cm x 30 cm

Anshu Kumari

College of Art, New Delhi

I try to map and paint my surroundings. Art surrounds life, all people, in every location, without us being aware of it. This is the reason I try to document the beauty of material, from luxurious interiors to things related to basic daily needs. 

Anubhav Kaushik

Shiv Nadar University

Reflection of Solace. 2020-2021. Acrylics, canvas and ink on mirror

Anurag Singraur

College of Art, New Delhi

The New Normal. 2020. Assemblage (Mix Media)

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In my work, the systematic arrangement of found objects is for the purpose of collecting pandemic memorabilia. These mundane objects speak of familiarity with the materials that helped us express our mental state during the lockdown. Accepting the truth of the pandemic wasn’t easy but we have slowly but surely, though not readily, adapted to the change, normalizing the chaos. 

We hold memories within the objects that were a part of them. Returning to an object is like revisiting a memory associated with the object. It is a doorway that bends time and space, recalling the past in the present. A ‘QR code’ works similarly. The Pandemic single-handedly catalyzed the shift of the world to an ‘online’ mode. We scan codes for accessibilities, travelling through portals, similar to how we access our memories when we eye-scan a few objects. These domestic found objects archive the pandemic on either side of the door. 

Nishtha Jain

International Fine Art Academy, Indore

Dadu ka Kona. 2020. Acrylic on paper

Rahul Juneja

College of Art, New Delhi

“कोठ-Re:”, a combination taken from कोठी (Punjabi for a house) and Re: for repetitiveness), translates best into an expression of my situation during the Covid 19 lockdown – the same surroundings and repetitive actions which feel like life in a prison – (कोठरी). In this series, I’ve tried to explore my current surroundings and how they manifest visually, in the absence of any external/outdoor stimulation, a time when all the changes are happening inside, within the four walls of a house.

“हलचल”, translating as slight movements, refers to the shifting of furniture, paraphernalia and household items in trying to create new physical spaces within limited possibilities.  In a situation that has been devoid of change for almost a year, these movements are in reality just compromises and attempts to create the experience of change.

“संक्रमण”, translating as rapid spread, is generally used in the context of diseases. It depicts the garbage in my room, which seems to multiply; however, it’s not just the physical garbage. My insecurities, fears and thoughts just keep piling up on each other, multiplying like an infection, and are hard to deal with and get rid of, much like the virus that we are dealing with right now.  

“पाश”, translating as loop, depicts a never ending loop where the chaotic overlapping of  household objects and paraphernalia are constantly being displaced in an attempt to create space, only to  end up in some other corner.  Nothing gets done, only the positions change. It’s a parallel to my world at the moment, and feels like watching myself from above, running around this loop helplessly, desperate for a way out.

हलचल. 2020. Ink and Watercolor on paper
पाश. 2020. Video
संक्रमण. 2020. Ink on paper

Rajneesh

College of Art, New Delhi

Presence of Absence. Oil on canvas. 9’’ x 23’’

There is an old saying that “किसी चीज़ की कीमत उसे खोने के बाद पता चलती है |” 

When we experience the demise of our loved ones we go through a lot of pain and grief. People  leave us and their belongings are left behind with all the memories and moments spent with them, which stay with us deep in our hearts.

In the painting is my grandfather’s stick, which I had bought for him. Till date I remember the happiness it brought to his face when I gave it to him. That moment was something I’ll cherish for my entire life and whenever I see this stick it takes me back to that day, and I feel his presence, as if he were sitting here with me. 

Especially when our elders leave us we feel their absence so much and wish for some more time to spend with them, to talk to them and touch them.

Riya Gholya

College of Art, New Delhi

Saba Tarannum

Jamia Millia Islamia

That Curtain. 2020. Video

Sanjay Kumar Yadav

Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara

I have tried to show the problems going on during the lockdown. A girl was born to my sister and because of the closure of the nearby hospital, she had to stay at home. The condition of the new-born baby deteriorated. She was taken to the doctor’s house but he was not there, and there was no medicine available. The weather was cold and she died without seeing her mother.

I have tried to show the problems faced during the lockdown. A girl was born to my sister and because of the closure of the nearby hospital, she had to stay at home. Unfortunately, the condition of the new-born deteriorated. She was taken to the doctor’s house but he was not there, and there was no medicine available. The weather grew colder and the baby succumbed to the illness, without seeing her mother.

Lockdown 2. 2020. Relief Print

Shambhavi Gairola

Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara

a rainy day at home.

lingering petrichor,
a cold raging pour visits,
wets the soft warm mud.

swaying reflections 
soothe many parched surfaces,
restoring balance.

sitting in the dark,
quietly looking outside
waiting, for nothing.

belatedly outside,
until rain visits again,
I soak my musings.

a rainy day at home. 2020. Video

Shriya Kalra

Shiv Nadar University

Smriti Rastogi

College of Art, New Delhi

A long wait. 2020. Oil on canvas. 20’’ x 30’’
Scapegoat. 2020. Oil on canvas. 17’’ x 37’’
5AM Concentration. 2020. Oil on canvas. 20’’ x 26’’
Paradox. 2020. Oil on canvas. 20’’ x 39’’